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Empower 500 children with birth defects in Chennai

by Sukriti Social Foundation
Empower 500 children with birth defects in Chennai
Empower 500 children with birth defects in Chennai
Empower 500 children with birth defects in Chennai
Empower 500 children with birth defects in Chennai
Empower 500 children with birth defects in Chennai
Empower 500 children with birth defects in Chennai
Empower 500 children with birth defects in Chennai
Empower 500 children with birth defects in Chennai

Dear donors,

Greetings from Sukriti Social Foundation.

We hope you and your family are safe during this unprecedented time. As for us, we are safe, but anticipating more difficult times ahead, especially for our community of children.  Identifying and finding a remedy for children with birth defects cannot be postponed indefinitely and we are working hard to help them during this difficult time.

Story of Nishanth brightens our day and we want to share with you. It's only because of donors such as you magical moments happen. Thank you.

5-year old Nishanth, for the first time, began experimenting what he could do with his legs. He squeaks, trods, plods and sprints. Why wouldn't he? While splashing water in a stream near this home, he puts his head up; looks at his mother, revealing his new-found joy. Along with the mother, his father lets out a heavy sigh of relief. For the past few years, Nishanth has watched with awe his sisters and the neighbourhood children sprinting endlessly kicking the dust off the ground.

"Nishanth was born with birth defects. As a baby, we never noticed the defects. But, when he was one year, we noticed the difference. My husband works as a mason and he earns only when there is work. So, we were distressed thinking of a remedy for Nishanth," recalls his mother." Thankfully, with the support of the Institute of Child Health and Sukrti Social Foundation, we got the appliances for Nishanth. We never missed his appointments at the hospital and religiously followed all treatment. We need to replace the appliances periodically and Sukriti has been a blessing to us. Now, Nishanth can comfortably walk and is enjoying his time in school as well. There's no other joy for us," says an emotional father. Amidst their poverty, Nishanth progress is seen as a silver lining.

Along with Nishanth, with your support, we have provided the 225 different appliances to 200 children. Your support translates to joy, freedom and greater opportunities. These children, otherwise, would have had a challenging future, simultaneously losing the pleasure of growing up. Your support is crucial, as always.

We hope you'd continue to support us, especially during this difficult time. Providing the needed appliances to newly identified children and changing the worn-out ones to the existing children is an ongoing process. We cannot put a full stop. A child's future will be rewritten. Hope you'd continue to support us.

We are immensely thankful for your continued support and pray that you stay safe.

Warmly

Sowmya

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Chandru standing tall today
Chandru standing tall today

Dear donors,

Greetings from Sukriti Social Foundation.

Thank you for your continued support to carry forward this mission so that children with birth defect could lead to a healthy life.

The story of Chandru narrated below, reflects how early intervention, motivation, encouragement coupled with providing appropriate assistive devices could change a child's life.

"My baby was like the shape of S when I held him for the first time. I knew there was something wrong. I asked my husband, what's wrong with my baby? To keep me calm, he kept consoling me." recalled Chandru's mother remembering the year 2014 when Chandru was born.
Chandru's legs were bent at birth. The poor parents were at a loss when they heard this. As parents, whether poor or rich, you wait for nine months to hold a healthy child in your hand. And the hurt is the same for any parent. However, when you are ignorant, and without money, along with the hurt, uncertainties engulf you.

Most often, donors such as you are the only hope left for them to access the medical facilities that are available to transform such children. Fortunately, Chandru is back to his life, with a hop, jump and a sprint forming part of his life. Exercising is crucial as equivalent to wearing the devices. We are working hard to educate the school teachers to ensure the child wears the devices all the time. Wearing the devices cause pain and children wait for a chance to be without them.

We have changed Chandru's devices more than  8 times. And we must continue to replace the worn devices as grows. A child can permanently be without the devices only when he or she reaches 15 years. We are confident in helping children, such as Chandru with donors such as you supporting us.

For us, along with his parents, it's a joy to see Chandru attending school and enjoying his childhood. If we hadn't intervened, he would have been isolated, deprived of education and his future would have been bleak. Thank you for bringing a positive change to Chandru's life.

Chandru's father drives a three-wheeler, and their income is based on how many rides her get a day. His mother is a housewife. "It's a miracle that my child is walking and running. We only want to see him happy," choruses the happy and relieved parents.

Please share this email with your friends and family members so that they'll be inspired to help many more children such as Chandru.


Once again, thank you for partnering with us.

With gratitude,
Sowmya Simhan

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A child learns to walk with the  modified walker
A child learns to walk with the modified walker

Dear donors

Greetings from Sukriti Social Foundation.

Thank you for helping us change the storyline for children with birth defects. . 

Where poverty is the way of life, potentials of children born with birth defects are often overshadowed by the struggle to survive. However, with a correct diagnosis, proper treatment and with the right appliances, even the most vulnerable can change their destiny and create a better future for their children. We stand to provide these appliances to bring in a change in the lives of children. And with you standing by our side, we are confident in this mission. Thank you. 

 A new hope

Our hearts ache when we see children struggle to balance themselves on an ordinary walker. Often, they stumble, tumble and experience agony and pain, which made us put our thinking cap. We have come out with a new walker, which is not readily available in the market. The children can balance themselves effectively in this walker and thus bringing smiles all around. (Please see the picture below). Thanks to you for making this feature possible.

Since the last report, we have supported 130 children providing various appliances such as :

  • Ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) - support intended to control the position and motion of the ankle, compensate for weakness, or correct deformities.
  • Supramalleolar Orthosis (SMO) - supports the foot just above the ankle bone or malleolus
  • Heel raise sandal
  • Doughnut Pillow
  • Below knee Symes Prosthetics
  • Both limbs Above-knee caliper with wheel walker
  • Hinged AFO
  • Taylor's Brace
  • Cervical collar
  • and Knee brace, to name a few.

Sometimes, seemingly simple activities for any child become painful and disturbing for children with birth defects. That's when we intervene and make transformative life experiences. One such child, among many others, is three-year-old Ashwina. Her parents had a harrowing time, not knowing how to find a treatment for their daughter. Little Ashwina, after wearing supportive shoes continuously, now walks and even taps her feet to the music  Her parents, Amulraj and Sujatha, are happy and composed. "We have had nightmares thinking about Ashwina's future, but now we are confident, and we are certain that she will progress," responded the parents. 

When Sridevi gave birth to Sharvin with congenital disabilities, not even in her wildest dreams, she thought he would walk. But, both the parents were strong and fought their battle. Today, Sharvin is five years and has been wearing our shoes continuously. "We are joyful and see a great future. He actively participates in all school activities and even won 1st prize in a running competition," chorused the delighted parents. 

These stories, and countless others like them, point to a brighter future for children with birth defects. You have walked with us on this journey, making it a reality. We hope you'd continue your support. We'd be happier if you shared this report with your friends who would, like you, be keen to foresee a brighter future for these children.

Thank you, and we remain grateful,

Soumya

Trustee - Sukriti Social Foundation 

 

 

 

Ashwina looking forward to a brighter future
Ashwina looking forward to a brighter future
A different life for Sharivn
A different life for Sharivn
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A happy Yeshwanth
A happy Yeshwanth

Dear donors,

Greetings from Sukriti Social Foundation.

Thank you for helping us make a difference in the lives of children. Difficult and impossible things get easier when people like you show up to help and a birth defect is no different. Such children and their families need a team to cheer and encourage them on. YOU are part of that team now, taking a greater stride to ensure the children are given a new life. We can't thank you enough.

Your donations are crucial to our work which means a child is transformed - who otherwise would be idle in a village with a bleak future. When we have donors such as you, there's a different story. That's the story we are bringing out in this report.

Birth defects make walking difficult or impossible for children. While it cannot be prevented, it can be corrected by identifying such children and using corrective devices such as:

  • Ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) - support intended to control the position and motion of the ankle, compensate for weakness, or correct deformities.
  • Supramalleolar Orthosis (SMO) - supports the foot just above the ankle bone or malleolus
  • Heel raise sandal
  • Doughnut Pillow
  • Below knee Symes Prosthetics
  • Both limbs Above kneeCaliper with wheel walker
  • Hinged AFO
  • Taylor's Brace
  • Cervical collar
  • and Knee brace to name a few.

Yeshwanth walks to school free of pain and shame

Five-year-old Yeshwanth wasn’t born into an ideal situation. His mother, Latha with weak health and being in a joint family was the target for her son’s disability. Either she was blamed or others ridiculed Yeshwanth. The father, working as a carpenter earned only when there was work.

When Yeshwanth, was born, they were sad to learn that he was born with birth defects - a condition that could prevent him from being able to walk or run freely like other children. “How sweet was to hold our newborn baby and feel the pride, and joy he gives. But it broke our hearts to learn that our baby wouldn’t be able to walk,” said an emotional latha.

His left leg was turned which needed corrective surgery. Soon after birth, Yeshwanth had undergone surgery for his left leg at the Institute of Child Health and Hospital for Children. However, a child with birth defects needs assistive devices soon after the surgery to be mobile. Thankfully, Yeshwanth was able to find the follow-up treatment he needed through us. Additionally, these devices need to be replaced frequently. So far, we have replaced his AFO four times.

Today, when Yeshwanth walks to school, nobody mocks him. Instead, they exclaim, “Look at Yeshwanth, he is walking and running,”. We are overwhelmed with joy and a sense of peace. We are very hopeful that our son will study well and be independent. Thank you for supporting us. If not for you, we wouldn’t have been able to afford the corrective devices for the past four years and we do realize that Yeswath still needs this support.”

Yeshwanth says, "I'm very happy because I'm walking well, and I get to school without struggling.”

Donors such as you can create miracles in children like Yeshwanth. He can run, walk and be like any children of his age. Thank you for creating hope in such children.

Along with Yeshwanth, during January and February, we have supported 42 children by offering various corrective devices. They are enjoying a life that previously looked gloomy. Standing, running and playing seem so easy now - though there’s pain for little one wearing the corrective devices. However, the parents are given counselling and help to ensure they come back to us for replacement of devices.

All smiles because of you and we are ever thankful to you. Please forward this report to your friends and family members who might be keen to bring in a change in the lives of children with birth defects.

Thank you for standing with us!

With gratitude,

Sowmya Simhan

Yeshwanth showing off his strength!
Yeshwanth showing off his strength!
Happy parents of Yeshwanth
Happy parents of Yeshwanth
Tharun can now walks comfortably with his walker
Tharun can now walks comfortably with his walker
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Gokul trying out his new device
Gokul trying out his new device

Dear donors,

Greetings from Sukriti Social Foundation.

Beautiful moments emerge because of you; your care and interest bring immeasurable joy, relief and pain-free life for children with congenital disabilities as well for their parents.

Just like the seven-year-old Gokul who's having a go at sports and winning laurels, there are so many children who, with your support, we' love to add colours to their life. Your timely action, inspiration, and motivation bring smiles to the parents too. Thank you so much. We need you and your support always.

Since this is our first report to you, we thought we'll give you an insight into our process and hope it makes an exciting and meaningful read, bringing you the visual impact that we are striving for the children.

Gokul would wipe away his tears when his friends at school would say, "You can stay away now, We are playing football, and you cannot run.". Things changed when the parents learned of our support provided at the Institute of Child Health in Chennai known  to many as Baby Hospital They applied; Doctors at the hospital assessed Gokul's defects and economic conditions. When the hospital records the needs of appliances, we step in and begin the process - the type of devices and the measurement and counselling for the parents. 

In the case of Gokul, it was a follow-up as the appliance needed repairs and therefore the replacement of his previous AFO - Ankle Foot Orthosis. Initially, the POP (Plaster of Paris) casting of the limb is taken, and the cast is covered with Polypropylene sheet and placed in an orthotics oven. Then, we need to bring it to shape by heating, cutting and filling.  The next step is the trial stage. After the trial is perfect, we do the padding. After the padding, we work on the drilling of the holes to insert the straps. Then comes the ideal AFO. And we hand over the appliances to the parents. The first- time trial is s teary scene with children terrified of something foreign that they have to wear and also the pain related to it.  There's fear, anguish, and withdrawal. There's a mixed sense of emotions for the parents - for one, there is hope of a permanent solution that will make their children walk, run and play like any other children; yet they sense pain, anguish and heartache seeing their little ones going through painful moments. 

Gokul, who is with us for a follow-up, has a new AFO. The joy is that because of you he is part of his school sports activities. A child who was in tears a few years back because of his friends eliminated him is winning laurels. Most importantly, he's experiencing the joy that a child of his age enjoys. A blessing - because of you. Thank you so much.

"We are joyful indeed," say the blissful parents, holding Gokul lovingly. "We are at peace now because Gokul doesn't have to stay back during sports which he enjoys. He can confidently and boldly participate and enjoy the moments which otherwise he would have missed in his life. With Gokul's father working as a daily labourer and his mother not working, this family would have struggled to make this child walk.  We have replaced his AFO for the third time, and we are just as delighted as the parents of his progress.

Just as Gokul, together with you, we have brought joy, peace and a new future to 44 children who received various life-changing devices. All thanks to you!

Such as Gokul, many children have congenital disabilities. They remain as they are due to lack of awareness of the medical support and or the dire financial situation. Together, we can bring in such meaningful changes.

Truthfully, we wouldn't be able to bring in a positive change to these children without your support. So, we hope you'll continue to support us. The children and we appreciate your caring attitude.

 

Sincerely,

 

Sowmya 

Taking measurement for a child for making a device
Taking measurement for a child for making a device
A child is being assessed for making the device
A child is being assessed for making the device
Making the casting
Making the casting
The devices, after cutting and polishing
The devices, after cutting and polishing
Left, right and both leg AFO fitted for children
Left, right and both leg AFO fitted for children
Gokul with his father with a new device
Gokul with his father with a new device

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Sukriti Social Foundation

Location: Chennai - India
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Sowmya Simhan
Chennai, Tamil Nadu India
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